Big Red

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Adam Fulcher
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Water Valley, United Kingdom
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Big Red

I decided on the Raijintek Paean case and then enlisted the help of one of my friends who also happens to be the IT guy at the place I work as well as a really handy fabricator. All of those skills were needed to complete this build. This was the first custom loop either one of us have ever built, so it was a learning process along the way. While the Paean case is very good looking it is not very practical for a high end custom loop GPU + CPU cooled system. The 1080Ti FTW3 was too long using the Raijintek vertical GPU bracket (which was not included with the case). We ended up using a coolermaster vertical mount and fabricated it to fit flush against the I/O panel to allow the GPU to fit. The next issue we ran into was that the size of the pump/reservoir combo we chose was larger than Raijintek designed the case to use. I do not understand why a bench style open concept case would not be using a large pump/reservoir and cooling both GPU and CPU. After searching around online I was able to find very few photos of builds in this case where both CPU/GPU were being cooled via custom loop. So the modding began. We fabricated brackets to help support the GPU bracket and a bracket on the bottom of the pump/reservoir just to be safe. We thought that was the last modification that the case would need until we realized that a single 45mm x 360mm radiator was not going to provide us with enough cooling to cool both CPU/GPU. To run the tubing through the back of the case we had to put a notch in the SSD/HD bracket.

I hope the photos do an accurate job of detailing the build process and maybe even help someone else who is in the planning stages of their build. Feel free to ask me any questions you have about my build or builds in general. I will be happy to help you if I can.
Color(s): Black Red
RGB Lighting? Yes
Theme: Color
Cooling: Custom Liquid Cooling
Size: ATX
Type: General Build


This build participated in 1 contest.


$ 175.00
Intel - Core i7-8700K
Socket: LGA 1151
Cores: 6
Integrated Graphics: Yes
$ 215.00
ASUS - ROG Maximus X Hero (Wi-Fi AC)
Chipset: Z370
CPU Socket: LGA 1151
Size: ATX
$ 152.99
G.Skill - Trident Z (3200MHz) (Black/RGB)
Type: DDR4
Capacity: 32 GB
$ 999.99
EVGA - GeForce FTW3
Chip Manufacturer: NVIDIA
Chip: GTX 1080 Ti
Interface: PCIe x16
$ 59.27
ADATA - XPG SX6000pro
Form Factor: M.2
Interface: M.2 (M)
Capacity: 512 GB
$ 155.40
Samsung - 960 PRO
Form Factor: M.2
Interface: M.2 (M)
Capacity: 512 GB
$ 125.25
EVGA - 750 GQ
Wattage: 750
Form Factor: ATX
Efficiency: 80+ Gold
Raijintek - PAEAN
Type: Bench
Side Panel: Tempered Glass
$ 155.75
Alphacool - NexXxoS XT45 Full Copper
Type: Custom Loop
Size (WxHxD): 360 mm
$ 93.25
Alphacool - NexXxoS XT45 Full Copper X-Flow
Type: Custom Loop
Size (WxHxD): 360 mm (3 x 120 mm)
CableMod - Sleeved Cables
Mode: Custom
Sleeve: ModFlex
Color: Red
$ 727.98
Alienware - AW3418DW
Size: 34 Inch
Panel: IPS
Refresh Rate: 120 Hz
$ 139.97
Corsair - K95 Platinum (RGB)
Interface: Wired
Key Switch Type: Cherry MX Brown
Type: Full Size
$ 98.95
Logitech - G903
Interface: Wireless
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